How to Prevent Winter Running Injuries

It’s hard enough to find motivation to run in the winter time. But even if you don’t feel like hitting the pavement, winter is a great time of year to run because it staves off the depression that comes with cold and grey skies. Not to mention that it’s helpful in avoiding cabin fever.  But running in the cold can make you more prone to injury for various reasons. This year make sure you take these steps to prevent unnecessary injury: 1. Warm up indoors It can be hard for your body to loosen up when it’s freezing outside. So if at all possible, consider warming up indoors. You can start your run on a treadmill or an indoor track before heading outside. Consider running a half mile on the treadmill or a few laps at the indoor track before heading outside. 2. Make sure you have enough shoe traction In the winter it’s easy to slip and fall causing a number of injuries. Reduce the likelihood of injuries by making sure your shoes have enough traction. 3. Hydration is still important Just because it’s cool outside doesn’t mean that you don’t need to stay properly hydrated. We also tend to drink more dehydrating warm beverages like coffee when it’s cold outside. Just make sure you’re drinking enough water. 4. Stretch before and after Don’t slack on the stretching. Make sure you spend a little extra time stretching before heading out into the cold winter air. Take the steps to keep yourself injury-free this winter. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak